Pierre Asselin

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Pierre Asselin singsRoméo et Juliette: Ah! Lève toi soleil
In RA Format

Pierre Asselin singsLa Favorite: Ange si pur
In RA Format

Pierre-Aurèle Asselin was born in Sainte-Famille on l'Ile d'Orleans, near Quebec City, in 1881. Blessed with a beautiful tenor voice, Asselin first began singing in churches. It wasn't until the age of 35 that he made his musical debut, in 1916, at a concert for the Ladies' Morning Musical Club of Quebec City, a club that promoted the appreciation of classical music. The same year, Asselin signed a recording contract with New York's Columbia Records. With Columbia, he specialized in recording arias from French operas, and songs from operettas. Between November 1918 and December 1920, Asselin's name began to appear on the Edison recording label. With Edison, the tenor continued to specialize in operatic arias and other serious vocal repertoire. Asselin appears to have abandoned his career as a professional musician in the 1930s to concentrate on his Montreal fur business. Just before his death on December 27, 1964, Asselin left his fur business to his son Raymond.

I want to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the notes, picture and recording (Favorite).
I want to thank Tom Silverbörg for the recording (Roméo).

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